IFDA Webinars

IFDA Webinars address a variety of topics, giving you insights from distributor peers, subject matter experts, IFDA legal counsel, and IFDA staff.

If you are an Allied Member and interested in hosting a webinar with IFDA, please contact: Matt Witt, mwitt@ifdaonline.org, (703) 962-9945.

Announcing the Fall Webinar Series

While we can’t meet in person this year at our Distribution Solutions Conference, we are committed to providing you the insights you need to succeed in a rapidly evolving business landscape. Join us Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the fall for a series of webinars covering innovative products, topical education sessions, and professional development opportunities. Webinars that are part of the series are marked with a pumpkin.
The 3G Sunset Dilemma  
Thursday, November 4
2-3 pm ET

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Devices on your trucks could be using older 3G and even 2G generations of the cellular network, which are about to be “sunset.” That means as cellular carriers make the switch to 4G and 5G, devices that depend on those older networks will stop working. If you don’t update your devices in time, you could leave your fleet and your business exposed to non-complaint and at-risk resulting in fines. PLM’s Vice President of Customer Solutions, will outline what you need to do to insure you are prepared and take your questions.
 
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Presenter: Don Durm, VP, Customers Solutions, PLM Fleet, LLC.
Don is a 25-year veteran of PLM, an international industry expert, writer and keynote speaker on cold chain handoff applications, regulatory compliance, and supply chain technology. 
 
Diversity Equity & Inclusion Strategy for Leaders
Thursday, November 11
2-3 pm ET

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As business leaders look to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) performance across their organizations, some find it difficult to know where to begin and how to develop and implement an effective plan. In this session, attendees will walk away with the key principles of DEI and how they translate to the language of the business, examples of DEI in action across the foodservice industry and steps for advancing DEI designed for leaders at any stage of their DEI journey.
 
Speakers: Frank D. Finn, Founder, Capo Initiative
Shannon Finn Connell, PhD., Founder, Capo Initiative
 
Frank D. Finn is a recognized leader in diversity, equity and inclusion. As the former President of McCain Foods US, Frank brings unparalleled experience in designing and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies that drive organizational change. Previously he worked in executive level positions at Royal Dutch Shell and PepsiCo, both domestically and internationally. Frank serves as an advisory board member to Michigan State University’s hockey program and is an advisor to the Navy SEAL Foundation where he supports Special Operations Warriors transitioning from active military service to civilian life. Frank holds an executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Chartered Director certification from McMaster University and bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University
 
Shannon Finn Connell, Ph.D. is an executive coach, author and organizational change leader. A former executive with SYSCO, Shell Oil and Procter & Gamble, Shannon worked internationally in China and Latin America before combining her corporate experiences and academic pursuits. While maintaining leadership positions in business, she was appointed adjunct professor of management in the MBA program at Rice University. Shannon serves on the Dean’s advisory board of University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences and is an advisor to the Navy SEAL Foundation where he supports Special Operations Warriors transitioning from active military service to civilian life. Shannon obtained her Ph.D. in organizational development, researching design thinking as a problem-solving methodology in global organizational change initiatives. She also holds an MBA from North Central College and bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati.
Comparing Final Mile Performance Across Markets
Tuesday, November 16
2-3 pm ET

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Logistics and foodservice companies operate in geographic markets with unique attributes – density, volumes, customer mix, labor costs, and more.  This variability can make it challenging to compare performance on an “apples-to-apples” basis. How do you know which markets are run efficiently and which are underperforming? In this session, learn to identify factors causing differential performance and techniques for comparing performance both within and across geographic markets.

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Presenter: James Nissenberg, Vice President, Logistics, Santa Monica Seafood
James’ logistics and final mile experience includes strategy and systems consulting for CVS Pharmacy, Home Depot Pro, Worldpac, Castellini, Gulf States Toyota and Wegmans Food Markets. He also launched operations for start-up delivery carrier Parachute and advised Copyfree, a regional equipment services company, on field service logistics strategy and cost savings opportunities.

Currently, James heads logistics and is a member of the executive team for Santa Monica Seafood Co. (SMS), a Southern California-based processor and distributor with 10 facilities in the Southwest and Midwest. At SMS, James cut fleet by 10% with minimal service impact, implemented new routing, tracking and cold chain systems projected to reduce expenses by 16%, and centralized organization to standardize operating procedures and improve responsiveness.

James earned his MS in Transportation from MIT and BA in Economic Geography Magna Cum Laude from UCLA. His skills include Lean Operations and Managerial Finance. James also serves on the benchmarking steering committee for National Private Truck Council and advises industry research groups on various topics.
Effective Communication During Difficult Conversations
Thursday, November 18
2:00 p.m. ET. 
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An employee or customer is upset, and emotions are running high. That’s when you need top-notch communication skills upon which you can rely. In this virtual interactive session, learn the secret that transforms a dreaded conversation into a skilled, honest, and productive one.
 
Speaker: Shelley Row, P.E.
A professional engineer and former executive, Shelley Row, is a leadership decision­making expert…and recovering over­thinker. She works with managers and executives to make insightful decisions using their infotuition® ­ the intersection of business pragmatics, gut feel and neuroscience. She is an author, speaker and consultant.
Pest Traceability: Protecting Your Supply Chain
Tuesday, November 30 - 2-3 pm ET

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You keep your facility’s standards high, and so should your pest control provider. Learn how pest traceability can help protect your supply chain from our experts with 120+ years of experience.

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Presenter: Frank Meek, Technical Services Manager, BCE

Frank Meek provides technical support and guidance for Orkin in the areas of training and education, and operations and marketing. As a board-certified entomologist and an almost 35-year industry veteran, he is an acknowledged leader in the field of pest management.
Eliminate Picking Errors: Order Picking Technologies for Increasing Accuracy & Productivity
Tuesday, October 26 - 2-3 pm ET

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Inefficient picking system? ProCat Distribution Technologies will compare the pros and cons of different picking technologies including paper picking, RF Handheld, Voice picking, and Scan picking.

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Presenters: Steve Stomel, Founder & CEO, ProCat Distribution Technologies and Joe Doyle, Director of Sales, ProCat Distribution Technologies
Steve Stomel is the Founder and CEO of ProCat Distribution Technologies.  Started in 2001, ProCat brings cost-effective technology to food distribution companies.  The company offers 14 modular software solutions to support critical functions in the warehouse including Receiving, Cycle Counting, Order Picking, Loading, Put-away, and Replenishment. Over 200 warehouses across the United States rely on ProCat’s technology every day.

Joe is ProCat’s National Director of Sales and has twenty-five years in the technology space, first in the ERP market providing solutions to manufacturers, and now in the distribution technology market providing solutions to foodservice and convenience store distributors.  Joe’s focus has always been on improving operational efficiency, reducing operational costs, and helping his customers to be better partners with their clients.
 

The State of Foodservice Distribution 

Held October 19
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Join us for a presentation by Technomic Principal Wade Hanson that will provide an overview of the foodservice distribution industry recovery from the pandemic impact, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between the distributor and the operator. We’ll also examine distributor challenges, possible future scenarios, and the outlook for the foodservice business.

Presenter: Wade Hanson, Principal, Technomic
Wade has more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, market sizing, market trend evaluation, category opportunity assessments and company benchmarking. Since joining Technomic, he has conducted and written numerous multisponsor and proprietary studies encompassing all foodservice segments. During his years with the firm, he has had an active role with key clients in interpreting implications and developing targeted strategic plans. Wade has regularly presented at industry events, been cited in national news media, and made appearances across various TV news networks.


Autonomous Trucks Delivering Fresh Faster
Held October 12 

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A presentation and deep dive on the work TuSimple is doing today with McLane and Giumarra. TuSimple's technology is a potential gamechanger for how goods are moved around the country.

Presenter: Robert Brown, TuSimple
Mr. Brown is responsible for the federal, state, and strategic partnerships for TuSimple. Working with legislators and regulators on best practices for safety, commercial viability, and policies. He works on building coalitions of industry, OEMs, Tier 1 providers, associations, and academics in the autonomous vehicle industry. Prior to TuSimple, he worked for the state of California, was Vice President at the Mitchell Firm, taught at Oxford University and University of California, San Diego.

All about DOT Off-Site Audits

Held on April 29, 2021

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In 2020, the number of DOT off-site (remote) audits increased by more than 500% over 2019, and those numbers will continue to climb. IFDA has partnered with Scopelitis Transportation Consulting (STC) on this members-only webinar that will explain in detail how FMCSA and its State enforcement partners conduct off-site DOT compliance audits. The webinar content was developed by STC from FMCSA’s safety auditor/investigator training manual and will be delivered by well-known transportation regulatory and enforcement expert. Highlights include:

•    What CSA BASICs trigger the most off-site audits.
•    How the off-site audit process really works.
•    Details on the number and type of records audited during off-site audits.
•    How drivers and their records are selected.
•    What other business records are requested during these audits.

Dave-Osiecki-pic.jpgSpeaker: Dave Osiecki, President & CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, LLC.

Osiecki personally develops and delivers the safety, technology, regulatory and compliancerelated consulting, training and advisory service offerings of STC. He began his transportation career in 1986 as a motor carrier safety auditor for the Federal Highway Administration. He spent several years building his motor carrier and regulatory expertise in program, policy and regulatory development positions for FHWA in Washington, DC, then spent 20 years at the American Trucking Associations working on behalf of the trucking industry in safety, policy, regulatory and advocacy-related positions


Four Ways COVID-19 Changed Foodservice Distribution and How to Respond

Held on April 20, 2021

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Innovia.pngThere’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous pressure on the foodservice industry. With more people staying home and changing habits, distributors like you have adjusted significantly to keep up. Even as restrictions begin to ease, four significant trends will continue to impact the industry in the years ahead:

  • Market Shift: Retail vs. Foodservice
  • Sales Force Automation
  • eCommerce Demand
  • Tax Implications

In this panel webinar, Innovia Consulting’s food industry experts will discuss how each of these trends arose, how it changes your business environment, and how you can respond proactively to each. There will also be an opportunity for you, the viewer, to participate and share what you’ve experienced.

You’ll come away from this discussion with:

  • A strong understanding of the long-lasting effects of the pandemic on your market.
  • A checklist of features you need in an ERP system that can help you meet these challenges.
  • Several best practice strategies other distributors like you have used to succeed over the past year.
  • Ideas for what to focus on for the coming year to outperform your competitors.

We hope you will plan to attend this collaborative virtual experience. Be sure to bring all your questions about COVID-19’s effects on the foodservice industry and how technology solutions solve these challenges.

Presenters: 
Jim Weaver, Scott Borsodi, and Scott Warner of Innovia Consulting


Comparing Order Picking Technologies for Increased Accuracy & Productivity

Held on March 2, 2021

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Improving a company’s order picking process is the number one way to improve overall warehouse operations. This webinar, presented by ProCat Distribution Technologies, will detail different picking options and technologies for distribution centers of all sizes.

Join this webinar to learn about:

  • Paper picking, RF Handheld, Voice picking, and Scan picking.
  • Pros and Cons of each type of picking technology.
  • Real-world stories from distributors with experience implementing new picking technology.
  • How to achieve 100% order picking accuracy with a hands-free order picking solution.
 


Speaker: Steve Stomel, CEO of ProCat Distribution Technologies

Steve Stomel is the CEO and Founder of ProCat Distribution Technologies.  Started in 2001, ProCat brings cost-effective technology to food distribution companies.  The company offers 14 modular software solutions to support critical functions in the warehouse including Receiving, Cycle Counting, Order Picking, Loading, Put-away, and Replenishment. Over 200 warehouses across the United States rely on ProCat’s technology every day.


What the COVID Stimulus Package Means for Foodservice Distributors and their Customers

Held January 7, 2021
The webinar, presented by Keiter Advisors, will examine these and other provisions that will provide critical assistance for distributors and their customers. The new law provides significant resources for the foodservice industry including:
  • $284.5 billion to reopen the Paycheck Protection Program and provide for second draw loans
  • Adding certain supplier costs as allowable and forgivable PPP expenses
  • Restoring deductibility of business expenses for companies receiving PPP loans
  • Extending and expanding the CARES Act Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • $20 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans
 Registration is free and open to IFDA members as a member benefit. 
 

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The Value of Trailer Telematics in Food Distribution

Held on December 15, 2020
 

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While trailer telematics are useful across industries, it could be argued that they are most important in food distribution where there are larger stakes with regards to the high cost of perishable goods sold. While there have been improvements, it is estimated that nearly 14% of all food produced each year is still lost to waste throughout the supply chain. Trailer telematics can provide valuable insights to help reduce waste even further, meet food-safety requirements, move fleets towards a proactive, preventative maintenance model, and improve decision making.
 
Join this webinar to learn more about:
•            Data-driven decision making for food distribution
•            How to reduce waste and improve safety in supply chains
•            Improve asset utilization and fleet efficiency
 
Justin-Garver.pngJustin Garver, FleetPulse Sales Manager
Justin Garver is the sales manager for FleetPulse. He is responsible for driving the commercialization of Great Dane’s integrated telematics system by setting and leading the comprehensive sales strategy for FleetPulse, including pre- and post-sale.

Stop Wasting Your Money – Achieving Operational Excellence

Held on December 8,2020

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Errors cost money.  Added up over time, these errors and other operational inefficiencies cost more than you think. In this webinar, ProCat Distribution Technologies will uncover the hidden costs of errors in distribution centers.  We will discuss and review areas for process improvement including receiving, replenishment, picking, delivery and loading. 

The goal of the webinar is to show how a laser-focused approach to improving accuracy in the warehouse can help you stop wasting money and achieve operational excellence.
 
1A-Joe-Doyle-Pic-Bio.pngPresented by: Joe Doyle, Director of Sales, ProCat Distribution Technologies
Joe Doyle has twenty-five years in the technology space, first in the ERP market providing solutions to manufacturers, and now in the distribution technology market providing solutions to foodservice and convenience store distributors.  Joe’s focus has always been on improving operational efficiency, reducing operational costs, and helping his customers to be better partners with their clients.
 


Tired of Fighting Aging Software? Find Out How Microsoft Is Transforming Broadline Distribution

Held November 12, 2020

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If you are like most broadline distributors, you move a lot of inventory every day. From incoming shipments from your suppliers to arrivals at your customers’ locations, there are a lot of factors to track and, with them, a large amount of data. Keeping up with it all can be a challenge, especially if you are using older software or multiple systems that don’t integrate.
Looking for relief? Microsoft has what you are looking for! Learn how Dynamics 365 Business Central compiles data across your company and processes it according to the rules YOU define. It works with vital systems in your technology arsenal to streamline the flow of information, so your operations run faster and more efficiently than ever before.
 
Scott Warner, Innovia Consulting
Scott Warner is a Customer Engagement Specialist with Innovia Consulting, where he focuses on helping food distribution and manufacturing businesses implement and maintain Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central / NAV systems. Before coming to Innovia, Scott worked for more than 6 years in the grocery store sector and has experience in manufacturing. In his current role, he leverages this background to help customers understand how their ERP systems affect day-to-day operations so they can make the right calls. On the personal side, he resides in South Bend, IN, with his wife Kristi and two dogs, Jack and Ivy. During his free time, he enjoys playing golf and slow-pitch softball, as well as hiking and traveling.

Election 2020 & Foodservice Distributors

Held November 5, 2020 

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Jon Eisen, IFDA’s Senior Vice President, Government Relations, will examine the results of the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections and look ahead to what it could mean for foodservice distributors on key issue areas such as workplace, tax, labor and food safety.


Assessing the Road Ahead: COVID-19 and the Meat Supply

Held September 29, 2020

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Note: The webinar recording is exclusive to IFDA and NAMI members. Login is required. NAMI members may access the recording on the NAMI website.

Hear from North American Meat Institute experts about the challenges and opportunities with the U.S. meat supply amid the ongoing pandemic, and what it may mean for foodservice distributors and their customers.

Potts.jpgJulie Anna Potts, President and CEO, North American Meat Institute
Julie Anna leads the Institute in the implementation of all programs and activities for the association. An agriculture veteran, Potts previously served the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) as its executive vice president and treasurer. Potts first joined AFBF in 2004, serving as general counsel until 2009. In 2009, she was named chief counsel of the Senate Agriculture Committee, serving under then-Chairman Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Earlier in her career, Potts was an associate in the environmental law groups of the Washington, DC, law firms Mayer Brown, LLP, and Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. She also clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 1997-1998.
 
Potts earned her law degree at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, and her bachelor of arts in English at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She is a trustee of The Pennsylvania State University and serves on the boards of Agriculture Future of America, the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation and the International Meat Secretariat.
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John Nalivka, President and Owner, Sterling Marketing, Inc.
John has 30 years of experience in livestock and meat industry consulting.  He holds a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Idaho and an M.S. degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics with an emphasis on production economics and price analysis from the University of Nevada. Sterling Marketing, Inc., is an Agricultural Economic Research and Advisory firm.


Managing Change:  Best Practices on How to Implement a Re-route Strategy

Held September 16, 2020 

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Trimble-MAPS-division_logo-narrow-(1).pngIn today's landscape, change is constant - and it's critical to keep up. For foodservice companies, maintaining cost-effective operations while also adhering to customer-controlled delivery experiences is necessary for success. In this session, leading industry experts will discuss best practices on how to successfully manage and implement a re-route strategy to ensure your business stays ahead of the curve.  

Participants
Susana McLoughlin, Director of Sales - Trimble MAPS
With over a decade of experience in professional routing and scheduling solutions, Susana McLoughlin, CTP understands business operations and how to streamline complex delivery logistics using sophisticated technology and software solutions. Susana has been with Trimble for 8 years and currently serves as Director of Sales for the Appian team within Trimble MAPS.

Tye Lofts, Implementation Consultant - Trimble MAPS
Tye has worked as an Implementation & Training Consultant for 6 years at Trimble MAPS. Before joining Trimble, Tye supported the transportation and warehousing verticles, gathering over 10 years of hands-on experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. Today, he works a variety of projects, both internally and externally, specializing in training customers on the analyst tools found in the Appian Suite of products. 

David Eichblatt, Senior Outbound Logistics Analyst, McLane Foodservice
David is a Senior Outbound Logistics Analyst and has worked at McLane Co. for 11 years. Prior to McLane, David worked for UPS in Logistics and the US Air Force as an Aircraft Maintainer. Currently, David manages system implementations, collaborates on best practice creation and provides master schedule solutions/transportation modeling.
 
This webinar is presented by Trimble MAPS, an Allied Member of IFDA. 


6 Best Practices for Trailer Storage

Held June 17, 2020

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Freight distribution is wildly unpredictable right now. While some distributors can't find enough trailers, others find their yards full. Proper trailer storage is crucial, and Great Dane is here to help.
 
Please join Great Dane for the free webinar, 6 Best Practices for Trailer Storage: Recommended methods that can prevent many of the issues that can negatively effect performance and longevity of trailers parked for extended periods of time. This storage webinar can help you prep your trailers, store them properly, and get you back on the road when it's time to haul again.
 
James Brown is the Customer Service Department Manager for Great Dane. He has worked for Great Dane for 23 years, starting as a Customer Service Representative and working his way up to his current role. In this role, he works with customers and repair agents to solve real world problems and issues. James is also a certified fire and explosion investigator, certified vehicle fire investigator, and a certified fire investigation instructor. He uses these qualifications to help customers find the root cause of fires, accidents, and structural failures. He also teaches new repair techniques to technicians in Great Dane branches and dealers, and works with them to diagnose and repair challenging issues.


 

Distribution Channel Trends and Outlook

Held February 13, 2020

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The foodservice distribution business environment is influenced by multiple factors. Keeping track of what’s going on in various verticals is crucial to growing business. Pentallect Partners Bob Goldin and Barry Friends will share insight and data on current trends and outlook for the future, covering industry consolidation and the M&A environment, brand performance and trends, disruptors (including redistribution), category management updates, and market trends in chain distribution and independent restaurant business.  
 
Goldin has unique and deep perspectives on the foodservice distribution channel by virtue of his 35+ years of experience with Technomic and Pentallect. He has worked on projects for IFDA and a wide variety of broadline and specialty distributors, and specializes in industry economics and structure.
 
Friends has 40 years of food industry experience, primarily in distribution, but also as a restaurant franchisee. Prior to launching Pentallect in 2017, he was a Senior Principal at Technomic, Inc., and previously served as President of Sysco Pittsburgh, Division and Zone President at US Foods, and Corporate VP of Sales, Merchandising and Marketing for Reinhart.
 
This webinar is exclusive to IFDA members as a member benefit. Login is required.
 
Presenters:
Bob Goldin, Partner and Co-Founder, Pentallect Inc.
Barry Friends, Partner and Co-Founder, Pentallect Inc.


Today’s New Organizing Tactics and the NLRB’s Union Election Policies

Held December 5, 2019
 

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This one-hour webinar will discuss the latest developments in union organizing tactics and the way the NLRB is handling union election petitions. It will provide recommendations for how employers can be better prepared with counter initiatives for these new campaigns as well as the more traditional organizing models.


The program will be conducted by the Co-Chairs of Littler Mendelson's Traditional Labor Group- Mark Schneider and Tanja Thompson, both of whom have extensive current experience in heading up legal defense of management campaigns of all shapes and sizes.

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Economic Outlook 2020 and Beyond: Planning with Optimism

Held Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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The last two years have provided for many headlines, but did those headlines help or hinder your business? Presidential politics are fascinating, and we will explore the likely impact, if any, on the near-term economy and what potential election outcomes may mean to our forecast and to your world. Our job will be to determine the best course of action for the most important part of the economy – you and your business. We will:

  • Look at a system of leading indicators proven to signal cyclical turns in the economy
  • Discuss the sectors of the economy that will provide the best opportunities for the next business cycle decline
  • Assess interest rate and other financial market trends
  • Consider your 3, 5, and 7-year planning needs and talk about the 2020s and how you should prepare for challenges and opportunities.


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Presenter
Taylor St. Germain, speaker and analyst, ITR Economics


Data and Analytics’ Role in the Final Mile

Held Nov. 14, 2019

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Dive into Business Intelligence and its benefits and learn about data structures and how to use them to the advantage of your operation. Hear success stories from Appian customers, and learn about common operational challenges and how to use different data structures to overcome them from Chris Peel, Senior Manager of Customer Experience with Trimble Maps.

With 18 years in transportation and logistics, Peel focuses on designing and implementing customer experience solutions based on the voice of the customer across Trimble Maps. His passion is providing leading-edge software solutions to transportation companies in an industry that is competitive as ever.  

This webinar is presented by Trimble MAPS, an IFDA Allied Member and Select Sponsor.

Presenter
Chris Peel, senior manager of customer experience at Trimble MAPS


The Coach-Up Kit: Lessons From Performance Food Group On Driver Coaching

Held Nov. 7, 2019

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Great drivers aren’t born; they’re developed. Coaching has proven to be key to changing driver behavior for the better and fleets with strong coaching programs have seen fewer accidents, higher driver engagement, and happier customers. But is there a right way to coach to get these results?
 
William Hopper, senior corporate safety manager at Performance Food Group (PFG), is leading this webinar about how his company has built a winning coaching workflow. In particular, William will explain how PFG trains its driver supervisors and safety team members to be effective coaches.
 
In the webinar, you’ll get concrete ideas from PFG on how to:

  • Create a consistent and effective coaching program, especially after an acquisition.
  • Train, recognize and reward top drivers and coaches.
  • Leverage advanced safety analytics to measure the effectiveness of coaching efforts.

This webinar is presented by Lytx, an Elite Sponsor and Allied Member of IFDA.

Presenter
William Hopper, senior corporate safety manager at Performance Food Group (PFG)


Sysco’s Distracted Driving Program: What’s Worked, What Hasn’t & How They Got Everyone Bought In

Held Sep. 24, 2019

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To combat rising collision rates linked to behind-the-wheel cell-phone use, Sysco developed and launched a company-wide Distracted Driving Awareness & Prevention Program. The challenge? Finding the delicate balance between positive recognition and disciplinary action to reinforce a safety culture and eliminate risky driving behaviors.
 
In this webinar, you’ll hear from Sysco’s Senior Field Safety Manager on how they built and rolled out the program, as well as conquered challenges like overcoming internal pushback to establish a “living and breathing” policy that keeps drivers engaged and the brand intact.
 
You’ll learn:

  • How to effectively roll out a distracted driving program
  • How to get drivers and senior leadership to adopt a company-wide policy
  • How to measure success and prove the ROI of your program

This webinar is presented by Lytx, an Elite Sponsor and Allied Member of IFDA.

Presenters
Roger Adams, Senior Field Safety Manager – Transportation, Sysco Corporation
Patrick Mahan, Senior Client Success Manager, Lytx


New Tools to Transform Power Costs into Revenue

Held Sep. 5, 2019

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Title-Slide-Snip.PNGPower purchases have historically had few options and energy continues to be one of foodservice distributors’ highest operating expenses. Today utilities are experiencing costly challenges on the power grid that are creating new opportunities for commercial and industrial energy customers. Simultaneously, new energy storage and efficiency technologies have been developed for cold storage facilities that not only enable cost avoidance but can now generate multiple revenue streams. This webinar will provide specific examples of:

  • Grid challenges creating new opportunities
  • New enabling technologies
  • Multiple new energy purchasing strategies
  • Successful technology implementations (Sysco, Americold, independent distributors, frozen food processors, and foodbanks)

Learn how these grid challenges and new technologies provide foodservice distributors more energy management strategies that fundamentally change energy cost structures and create new revenue streams.

This webinar is presented by Viking Cold Solutions, a Select Sponsor and Allied Member of IFDA.

Presenter
Collin Coker, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Viking Cold Solutions


Addressing Today's Transportation Challenges

Held August 28, 2019

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Transportation challenges are top of mind for foodservice distribution industry professionals. Join our free member webinar, where Paul Mugerditchian, President of Dot Transportation, Inc., will share strategies and insight, addressing what Dot is doing, what you can do, and how we can help each other.
Registration is exclusive to IFDA members.

Paul has worked for Dot Foods and Dot Transportation since 2001 in various roles, including President of DTI since 2008. Dot Transportation is 22nd on the list of the top private fleets in America and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, Inc. Prior to joining Dot/DTI, Paul worked in the financial industry for 20 years. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics.

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Presenter:
Paul Mugerditchian, President, Dot Transportation, Inc.


Recruiting the Future:Insight from College Students on Attracting and Retaining Talent

 

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Tight labor markets can be deceiving. It is not only about getting enough workers, it is about getting enough workers with the right skill sets and determining how necessary skill sets can be developed in your workforce to ensure sustainable success. Given the labor market, changing demographics, and IFDA’s goals to support diversity and inclusion among its members, we sought to hear from the target market of college students about their desires, hopes, and fears as they explore career options. This webinar provides insights directly from college students on their career preparation, what factors they value when seeking employment, and their awareness and interest in the foodservice distribution industry.


State of the Industry - Update and Outlook 

Held July 10, 2019

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The foodservice industry is a rapidly evolving space that savvy foodservice distributors follow closely. Technomic Principal Wade Hanson provides an update on the state of the industry and topline trends, including:

  • Aspects and indicators in the nation's economy that are influencing consumer behavior and the foodservice operating environment.
  • Current and forecasted foodservice segment performance.
  • Labor market trends that are challenging to foodservice operators.
  • How corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability have become a consumer expectation that restaurant operators are challenged to understand and meet.
  • How increases in consumer use of restaurant delivery - especially third-party delivery services - are changing foodservice operations, from staffing and menu-mix, to packaging products and customer service.
  • How the current and future role of the DSR is changing to keep up with the evolving needs and preferences of restaurant operators.

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Presenter:
Wade Hanson, Principal, Technomic


Government Relations Midyear Update Webinar

Held June 20, 2019

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Find out what’s in store for distributors from Washington for the next 6 months. This webinar, hosted by IFDA Sr. Vice President, Government Relations Jon Eisen, will outline the latest legislative and regulatory developments on the DRIVE-Safe Act, hours of service, the National Labor Relations Board, overtime and other issues of importance to foodservice distributors.  It will also look ahead to what distributors can expect from Washington in the second half of the year as well as providing an early bird look at the 2020 elections. 



The 6 Skills of Every Exceptional Leader Webinar

Held June 18, 2019

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Everyone thinks they know what makes a successful leader. There are six skill sets proven to be effective in navigating the corporate structure, becoming a high performer, and advancing your career.
 
Join us for an honest conversation with industry leader Cindy Thomson, President of Sysco Sacramento, on the diverse set of experiences she gained throughout her career at Sysco that earned her the role of President. We’ll explore the behavioral shifts required to demonstrate the six leadership skills to elevate your career. This webinar is part of the ongoing efforts by the IFDA Women in Foodservice Distribution Leadership Committee to provide our industry, particularly women, with leadership development education and opportunities.
 
This webinar will be moderated by Gretchen Sussman, Managing Director of the Food & Hospitality Practice at Root Inc., the leaders in organizational change.
 
In this highly interactive experience, you’ll gain six insights to help you elevate your career.


Navigating the Crest: Economic Outlook 2019 and Beyond  

Held December 4, 2018

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What impact will we see from trade tariffs? What is the long-term outlook for foodservice sales? Where is the labor market heading? These questions and more will be answered in IFDA's annual economic outlook webinar.

Taylor St. Germain, economic analyst with ITR Economics, will cover what to expect from the economy this year and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business to business activity, tax reform, tariffs and trade, inflation, interest rates and more. The presentation will offer a deep-dive into the key economic indicators that influence the foodservice distributor operating environment, and learn about a method by which their company can take advantage of their own data and the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, the audience will find out how to identify where they are in the business cycle and which key leading indicators should inform their business strategy to help them to make the right decisions at the right time. Key takeaways include:

  • A clear vision for the economic future in 2019 and beyond
  • Understanding the impact of government policy on the economy
  • Profitability expectations

ITR Economics also produces IFDA's quarterly economic reports. This webinar is free to all IFDA members.

Presenter:
Taylor St. Germain, Economic Analyst, ITR Economics


IFDA Vendor Agreement Standardization: Mitigating Complexity  

Held August 27, 2018

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The lack of standardization of vendor agreements and processes among manufacturers, operators and distributors is a challenge that impacts many IFDA members. Contracts between manufacturers and operators generate unintended, but significant, complexities for distributors and unnecessary waste of resources throughout the value chain. To address this challenge, IFDA has led the development of a best-practice template that establishes a voluntary industry standard for information to be included in these vendor agreements. IFDA commissioned trading-partner collaboration experts Kinetic12 to conduct interviews with foodservice distributor, operator and supplier companies to facilitate information exchange and create the template. Webinar participants will gain a baseline understanding of the impact of inefficient vendor agreements and how to improve the process. This webinar is for IFDA-members only.

Presenters
Art Bell, Partner, Kinetic12
Jeff Schroeder, Managing Partner, Kinetic12


Moving From a Pass Through to a C Corporation

Held March 12, 2018

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Given the new tax law’s treatment of C corporations and pass through entities,  many companies are examining the consequences of altering their status going forward. IFDA hosted a webinar led by Gary Wallace, Partner of Keiter CPA’s to help member companies understand the potential impact of moving from a pass through to a C corporation. The webinar helped participants understand the difference in the treatment of C corps and pass throughs in the new tax law, the process and requirements for converting to a C corp, and the impact on generational transfers and potential sales of a business.

Speaker:
Gary Wallace, Tax Partner at Keiter CPA’s in Richmond, VA
Keiter is the parent company of Keiter Stephens Advisors, a foodservice distribution M&A Specialist